Friday, November 1

Bring him to Me!

Scripture: Psalm 121, Mark 9-10

Mark 9:19 And He answered them and said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I put up with you?  Bring him to Me!”

Observation

Jesus comes down from the mountain where He has been praying to find chaos.  A father has brought his demonized son who is deaf, mute and epileptic to the disciples to cast out the demon, and they could not.  This is Jesus’ response.  Some scholars think it is directed to the disciples, others to the crowd, some to both.  But either way, Jesus finishes by saying, “Bring him to me.”  Jesus can do this!  

When the father says, “If you can, please help us,” Jesus responds with a call to faith.  “‘If you can?’  All things are possible to him who believes.”  The father replies, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”  I so relate to this!  Often my faith feels weak and small.  The man admits this and Jesus moves forward and heals the boy.  

Later, when they are alone, the disciples ask Jesus why they couldn’t cast out the demon.  “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”  I take this as Jesus referring to the time of prayer He had just had on the mountain.  That prayer equipped and empowered Him for spiritual warfare.  Evidently the disciples had not been praying.

Application

Three things:

First, “Bring him to Me.”  What is your problem, your sickness, your trouble?  Bring it to Jesus.  He can do this!  He can heal, deliver, and empower.  My morning began with a dear friend texting me that he has cancer.  I am bringing this to Jesus!  He can do this!

Second, even if my faith is weak and small, it won’t stop Jesus.  Rather than pretending, do what the father did.  Own it.  I believe; help my unbelief.  And Jesus did.  He will do this for me too.  Don’t let your small faith keep you from bringing it to Jesus!

Third, this kind comes out by prayer.  Prayer—consistent, steady, faithful prayer—is what gives us spiritual authority and power.  It is where we stay connected to God and are filled with His Spirit.  I will be more intentional, more faithful to pray!

Prayer: Lord, I have a whole list of things I’m bringing to You!  I believe, help my unbelief!  And help me to be a man of prayer and power!